Stopping us acceptance of defeat: Joint Hurriyat

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Srinagar, Dec 15: Joint Hurriyat Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, on Friday, strongly denounced the ruling regime for once again resorting to use of “unbridled force” to bar the leadership and people from marching to Anantnag and convening a peaceful rally at Lal Chowk to express solidarity with the people of South Kashmir.
The trio in a joint statement said that the entire Anantnag town was barricaded and turned into a military garrison and communication lines snapped, many parts of Srinagar were put under curfew and restrictions besides caging Hurriyat leadership and activists through raids and arrests.
“Imposition of strict curfews, caging resistance leaders and conducting raids and blocking all the roads reflects the acceptance of defeat by the authorities as it signifies their nervousness and fear of exposure just on the call of peaceful rallies given by the resistance camp,” the statement read.
The leadership said that police continued to conduct nocturnal and day-long raids on the houses of hundreds of youth in Srinagar and Anantnag only to “instill fear” in the minds of the people and to scuttle the plans of Anantnag march.
While Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain under house arrest and JKLF chief Yasin Malik remains lodged in Central Jail, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is under house arrest since December 08.
Mirwaiz defied the curbs and broke the cordon of the police outside his Nigeen residence, but wasn’t allowed to proceed towards Anantnag and was lodged at SP’s office at Hazratbal
Talking to media persons present outside his residence before his arrest, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq strongly condemned the present dispensations for forcibly disallowing the peaceful march call by the joint Hurriyat at Anantnag.
“Repeated curbs restrictions arrests and detentions of leadership and activists is a classic case of colonial attitude like that of the British against the occupied people of the subcontinent with the help of local stooges, the only difference is that it’s far worse and harsher than that and more sinister,” Mirwaiz said.
The government, the statement said, as part of its crackdown on the resistance leadership and activists, arrested dozens of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF leaders and activists in day long and nocturnal raids.
Mirwaiz said the resilient people of the state and the leadership will not cower under these “dictatorial and repressive measures” and will peacefully continue to strive for “our birth right of self-determination”.
“We salute the brave and courageous people of South Kashmir and extend our full support to them as we stand with them in all that they are being subject to and pray for their safety.”
Mirwaiz also strongly denounced the barring of Friday prayers for the 18th time at historic Jamia Masjid. He said preventing people from reaching Jamia won’t be tolerated in the future and the move will be resisted tooth and nail.

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